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So it may be true, but Cor- marching on, driven by the enemy to poral Mansfield played at a game of the dividing river. Hungry, hardly cards in the agitation of the impend- a moment of sleep, always alert and ing battle and coolly talked of the watchful, bearing up under disaster game and the issue of the contest, in in our extremity, many a heroic solwhich they were engaged. And a dier fell exhausted in the valley of short while later on that clear Aug- the Rappa hannock, and so on past ust day the bugle sounded the ad- the gleaming capitol, and on the day vance and not one of the Tenth at Antietam where the fate of the Maine band were found lurking in nation hung in the balance, our fearthe rear, and like heroes they boldly less “ Pompey” Mason faced the marched to the front, and here Cor- Confederates in the cornfield and poral Mansfield received his mortal gave his life in the struggle with the wound in the fatal wheat-field and foe.
THE BUGLE CALL.
by Frank J. Bradbury, Tenth Maine Infantry.
Bugler, bugler, your thrilling war sound,
No more is heard on the famed battle ground;
The bravest and best, the sooner to fall.
The night dews are chill; the bivouac is cold,
The old veteran's limbs are stiffened and oldi;
The picket will challenge no more the dread foe.
Bugler, bugler, there is peace and sweet rest,
Over the river in the camp of the blest ;
Rest, comrade, rest, in the great Captain's fold.
OUR MOTHER ENGLAND,
to your dead comrades I at once H. M. Williams, captain First recalled our correspondence, and am Bucks Rifle Volunteers of Wolver- glad I can furnish you the desired ton, Eng., writes :
were there I have much pleasure in inclosing
an officer of Colquitt's command post-office order for the amount of my
came up, and we had a long talk over subscription to the Maine BUGLE for the charge of your troops and their the current year.
I am much in- defense. He had written a history terested in the BUGLE. I have also of the engagement as he recollected been greatly interested in the excel. it, and read it in my presence. On
March 25, 1865, our regiment charged lent history of the First Maine cavalry, which I obtained through you.
í your works on the same ground your wish you and the Maine Associa- regiment made the charge in June, tion every success.
1864, and was forced to retire after
taking your first line of defense and ARTILLERY.
your fort immediately on the hill which THE CHARGE OF JUNE 18, 1864.
our boys designated as Fort Hell. James H. Sherrill of Catawba, You called it, if I remember correctly, N. C., writes Major Fred C. Low: Fort Steadman. I regret I did not
I attended the annual reunion of take the Georgia officer's address and Confederate veterans at Richmond, send you. Your regiment surely June 30 to July 3, and during my walked into a slaughter-house, and stay in that city I visited Petersburg my recollection is that your troops and the old trenches around that were cut down near our line. Our city, and am now prepared to write brigade occupied the trenches from you definitely what troops confronted the Petersburg and City Point Road your regiment June 18, 1864. It to our right as far as the Crater nine was Colquitt's Georgia brigade, and months, except when we were taken was known to our troops as Col- to our right once or twice near the quitt's Salient. From your descrip- Weldon Railroad to drive your forces tion of the ground over which you back, but never absent more than two charged, I concluded your regiment days at a time. I would not underwas in our immediate front. We go the sufferings we endured there were only a short distance to the during the winter of '64 for a world right of Colquitt, and relieved his like this. It was an absolute imposcommand on the evening of the 18th, sibility to procure firewood to make or morning of the 19th. During my us comfortable, and the moment our entire service in the war I never saw heads were above the works we were as many dead on such a small piece picked off by your sharpshooters. of ground.
We had a pleasant time at Richmond, On seeing the monument erected and apparently more old "Vets"
G. A. R.
present than we had troops during Company F, Seventh Indiana cavthe war. The monument and alry, writes : grounds at Fort Steadman need It is with feelings of profound attention. Hope you will be able to gratitude I join your association. strike up a correspondence with some Patriotism is to me a jewel of inof the Georgia boys. May God in trinsic worth and no language can his Providence bless you in your de- adequately express my ardor and clining years.
zeal in its behalf. It is with pro
found pride I refer to the record of COMMANDER IN-CHIEF,
my father, also that of both my
grandfathers; one lies buried Major Thaddeus Stevens Clarkson Bunker Hill, the other sleeps on of Nebraska, who was elected com- Sullivan's Island, while father was mander-in-chief of the G. A. R. at wounded at the Battle of New Orthe annual encampment at St. Paul, leans. I am left alone as the last was born at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1840. vidette on the field, so let me shout He moved to Chicago in 1857, and “Hosanna for the land of the noble enlisted April 16, 1861, in Company free." A, First Illinois artillery, as a pri
MAINE HAS MUCH TO BE vate, serving three months and reenlisting for three years.
Charles B. Price, superintendent
River division, Allegheny Valley cember, 1861, he was promoted to first lieutenant and adjutant, Thir- Railway Company, Pittsburg, Pa.,
writes : teenth Illinois cavalry, serving during 1863 on the staff of Brigadier-Gen
I congratulate you on your exceleral J. W. Davidson, and by assign- lent publication. The state of Maine ment commanding Battery K, Second has much to be proud of in the Missouri artillery, for six months record and reputation of her fighting during the Arkansas campaign of regiments; and she is a second time 1863. He was made major of the fortunate in the manner in which Third Arkansas cavalry December, the history of her sons is being pre1863, and commanded the same until
served. near the close of the war.
IT IS A GRAND BOOK. elected department commander of
Bradley Smith, lieutenant ComNebraska in 1890, and junior vice- pany A, Ninth Maine Infantry, of commander-in-chief in 1891. He was San Jose, Cal., writes: appointed postmaster of Omaha,
The history of the First Maine Neb., in 1890, by President Harri- cavalry was received in due time. son, serving four and one half years. It is a grand book. A state should
be proud of its soldiers of the late BUNKER HILL, MASS., AND SULIIvan's
When it came, I read it as I ISLAND, S. C.
eat watermelon-bite a piece out of Francis J. M. Titus, of Joelton, the middle and then eat both ways. Davidson Co., Tenn., late corporal It should be in the private library of
every citizen of Maine, and in every G, Twenty-eighth Maine, in the public library in the United States. adjutant-general's report, 1863.
Both were young, especially Jones, THE THIRTIETH MAINE.
and were great friends. I think C. L. Coffin, 354 Ohio St., Bangor, they belonged in Washington, Me. Me., writes :
They were captured by being surI insisted at my reunion that some prised on picket post, not even firing action should be taken to have some
They were on the only historic articles pertaining to the post across the Bayou LaTourche, Thirtieth Maine appear
the when the flag of truce was sent in BUGLE ; that the regiment's records to Major Bullen, commanding the were something to be proud of by post to surrender, or clear the town its members and also by the state.
of Donaldsonville of women and I will at once correspond with the children. His reply was that he prominent comrades of the regiment would do the latter but would not and see if there can not be some- surrender. In
In consequence of this thing interesting attained for Janu- demand the pickets were doubled ary, 1897. There is a lack of inter- that night and two
men of est; perhaps if some one would Company G were sent across the introduce the subject in the Bugle, bayou, and posted some distance others might follow.
from Jones and Pinkbam, and when
the enemy approached, after passing COMPANY G, TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE.
Jones and Pinkham's post, and Lieutenant John F. Perry, of Min- capturing them, the men last sent neapolis, Minn., late of Company G, across gave the alarm and secreted Twenty-eighth Maine Infantry, themselves under a house and eswrites :
The comrades will I was pleased and interested to all remember that the houses in that see in the July number of the BUGLE part of the country stood upon a partial copy of the morning report piling to keep out of the water durbook of Company G, Twenty-eighth ing the wet seasons.
The men sent Maine infantry, my old company.
the bayou who gave the It refreshed my memory greatly. I first alarm were Timothy Robinson, notice a few slight errors. Capt. a of forty or more years, Augustus Thompson, who is now
NOTE.-Charles E. Pinkham, after his disliving in Lowell, Mass., should read
charge from Company G, Twenty-eighth Maine, Augustine. He is the inventor and
enlisted December 19, 1863, in Company L, proprietor of Moxie, a nerve food. . Second Maine cavalry, and served till dis. It also says the names of the two charged at Augusta, Me., December 26, 1865. men from Company G, taken prison- disease of head and eyes and nervous prostra
He was pensioned for injury of right ankle, ers, are not given nor known. Their tion, results of typhoid fever and small pox, and were Madison T. Jones and
died at Liberty, Me., January, 28, 1884, leaving
a widow, Isabella, whose maiden Charles E. Pinkham. You will find
Campbell, and three minor children, Everett M. their names as members of Company C., Mary G., and Hattie L.
THE SIXTH OHIO CAVALRY.
Eli R. Perry, my younger the time we were en route from East brother, at that time nineteen years New York to New Orleans, etc. of age, and a corporal in Company M. When the guard was doubled, the call was for volunteers and not a
Captain A. W. Stiles of Delaware, detail, and as Robinson and Perry O., late of Sixth Ohio Cavalry, happened to be in the first file they writes: were sent over the bayou, told to
You certainly are entitled to great keep good lookout and give the
credit for the able management of alarm and take care of themselves. the “ Bugle." I read it with much Robinson was from the interior of
interest, every number is so intensethe state,—I do not recollect just
ly interesting to me. Your regiment where. He was a good soldier and
(First Maine Cavalry), was one of a level-headed man. He must be a
the best in the service. very old man if living. My brother died eleven years since, near Crook City, Black Hills, So. Dakota.
James J. Dow, Superintendent of His remains lie in the cemetery in
Minnesota School for the Blind, Fari. Crook City, beside his little daugh- bault, Minn., late of Company F, ter.
He has one son and one daugh- Second Maine Cavalry, writes : ter living in Tacoma, Washington.
Comrade Charles W. Sanborn enAfter serving in the Twenty-eighth Maine, he enlisted and was after. quires in the July Echoes what Maine ward commissioned second lieuten. regiments were at the capture of
Fort Blakely in April, 1865. A deant in Capt. Oliver J. Conant's
tachment of the Second Maine Cav. Company “ B,” Maine Coast Guards. Captain Conant, who is a member of alry was the only Maine organization
on the Mobile expedition. Indeed Libby Post, Rockland, will remember him well. I hope you will par
no Maine troops except the Second don this long-drawn epistle, but that Cavalry were in the Department of old morning report book of Com- the Gulf after the fall of 1864.
After the surrender of Mobile this pany G is responsible for it. revives old memories as they have
detachment of cavalry accompanied
the Sixteenth Corps to Montgomery. not been for years, and I could go
I do not know the wounded man on in this strain for hours, but it
ferred to. would probably interest no one so much as myself. Perhaps I am ex
I prize the BUGLE very highly and cusable because I have none of my
trust it may long continue to wake
the memories of the " sixties." old comrades within shot to talk these old matters over with, and this
NOTE.—We wish to return our compliments old report seems like an old friend. to the Sixth Ohio Cavalry, for their leadership I can account for most of the breaks and valuable help in the days of '61-5, and our
desire that their good comrades would renew in the report. The first, from Janu
our happy acquaintance by giving facts of their ary 14, 1863, to Jan. 30, 1863, was at service.